Leyton Orient defender Tom James insists his side must stay focused ahead of the visit of Oldham Athletic tomorrow. The Lactics have seen several games disrupted this year with protests but the 25 year old is keen for his side to put their stamp on the game. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it will be a tough game but we have to concentrate on ourselves. We’ve been doing work on things to hurt them. If we concentrate, stay tight at the back we should be good going forward”.
The O’s head into Saturday’s clash on the back of a 2-2 draw at Newport. Harry Smith twice gave them the lead but Orient were pegged back twice through a Matt Dolan Penalty and Dom Telford strike. Assistant manager Joe Gallen admitted to leytonorient.com “we’re disapointed to just have the one point today, thought it both halves we played very well. By the end we’re disappointed to only come away with a draw”.
Orient have made a solid start to the season with nine points from six games and James is keen for his side to continue to progress. James made the summer switch from Hibernian and has settled to life in E10 very well. Speaking to leytonorient.com “It’s been a pretty good start, a few decent results and good performances. We are all looking forward to the games ahead and hopefully continue our good form and get some more wins”.
Manager Kenny Jackett highlights his side are looking for stability in the coming weeks. After three draws on the road, the former Portsmouth man knows the importance of backing up those results at Brisbane Road. Spekaing to leytonorient.com “it was a good point away from home but it is important to follow up with a win at home. We are in a decent position and we are looking for consistency. If we get that it will help develop our form home and away”.
Orient have enjoyed two comprehensive wins at home over Exeter (3-0) and Bradford (2-0) and James knows the importance of his side building on clean sheets. James was part of a back five at Newport and is happy to play anywhere to help the team. Speaking to leytonorient.com “it is something we talk about before, obviously we don’t want to concede goals. Clean sheets are massive part, if we win games and have good record like last season it will be really positive”.
Orient kept 18 clean sheets in League last season
Kept 10 at home – only Salford (11) kept more
The Lactics have lost five of the opening six league games and sit 23rd in League Two but Jackett highlights the importance that Keith Curle could have to their plight. Speaking to leytonorient.com “every side Curle has been at, he’s done well, he’s an excellent manager and has a very good track record. He has different ways to play. We respect the opposition, it’s our next game, we want to be on the front foot, creating chances going forward”.
Hector Kyprianou and Ruel Sotriou are back available after missing the trip to Newport due to International duty. Defenders Dan Happe and Adam Thompson are stil sidelined through injury as is forward Paul Smyth. On loan defender Alex Mitchell could keep his place if Orient continue to play a back three.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 21, Draw 20, Oldham Athletic
Orient are unbeaten in last five games – W3 D2
Have only lost one of their last ten – W4 D5 L1
Orient are unbeaten in last nine league meetings – W4 D5